#23 NORTH CAROLINA 106, BOSTON COLLEGE 74 – After back-to-back career high scoring efforts, there are those in Tar Heel Nation ready to coronate Harrison Barnes the next King of Chapel Hill. While the crown may fit nicely by year’s end, the impact of fellow freshman Reggie Bullock can’t be overlooked.
While making their all-too-typical fitful road game start replete with the Eagles bombing three-pointers, North Carolina spotted Boston College an early lead before Bullock sank three consecutive three-pointers Tuesday night in Conte Forum in Chestnut Hills.
If Barnes is embracing the role of “closer” after making big late game shots in several key ACC wins, Bullock may well turn into the perfect “set up” guy.
After Bullock’s micro-burst, the Tar Heels never looked back, scoring more than 100 points in an ACC road game for the first time since February 28, 2009 against Georgia Tech (104-74).
“The biggest difference for me in the game was Reggie Bullock off the bench,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. “We were down five points and then Reggie hits four 3s. The last game, (he) didn’t make a field goal. I talked to him after the game and said, `You probably won’t do that again.”’
Bullock scored 14 points in the first half and finished with 16.
Joe Trapani had a season-high 25 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Boston College (14-8, 4-4).
Larry Drew II had nine assists for UNC, which missed its season high in scoring by one point when Williams emptied his bench in the final 2 minutes, up by more than 30.
The Tar Heels shot 57 percent from the field.
Florida State (16-6, 6-2 ACC) twice had leads of 32 points in the second half.
Dulkys keyed a 12-0 run midway through the opening half that helped the Seminoles into a 31-19 lead at the break despite shooting just 31.9 percent.
Bernard James made 5 of 6 field goals and finished with 13 points while freshman Ian Miller and Michael Snaer added 11 points each and Derwin Kitchen 10 for the Seminoles, who were defeated by 18 points Saturday at Clemson.
Gary Clark’s 16 points led Wake Forest (8-14, 1-6), which has lost 10 of its last 14 games, including four of its last five by 20 points or more. Clark hit 4 of 6 from 3-point distance.
Florida State had a 17-5 advantage on the offensive boards that translated to a 21-3 difference in second-chance points.